I take a lot of amino acids and branched chain amino acids. They are the building blocks of muscle.
You will hear just about everyone say you need to eat a lot of protein to gain muscle, what you actually need is the amino acids that your body is able to pull out of the protein.
I eat the correct amount of protein, as prescribed by a nutritionist and I also drink a lot of amino acids.
Proper nutrition is a balanced diet , year round. You cannot go on a diet for a length of time, get ripped then go back to eating like the average Joe and expect to stay ripped.
Won't work, guaranteed.
You can relax your diet, but you can never give up the "clean" eating, not if you want to keep that gorgeous body.
Just like the human body adapts to training, requiring constant changes to keep from becoming stagnant and cease growing, the human body adapts to nutrition.
Eat the same old stuff day in and day out and soon you will suffer. You won't show gains, you may start having gastrointestinal issues, your body will rebel.
That is why it is imperative to eat seasonally. You need to include many different foods in your diet, one day you may have beans for your starch and one day brown rice (NEVER white). They have a different caloric value, and that is good, some days your calories are slightly higher than others. Keeps it guessing, just like in training.
Varying your foods is also good for your head- psychologically I mean.
I won't get into carb cycling, this is about a diet for life, not a diet for an event.
Include bright vegetables, greens, fresh fruit. If you choose what is in season (locally, not in Chile), then it will have the highest nutrient content, and you are sure to never get tired of the same foods as they will change with the seasons.